Explore the most popular views trails in Linville Gorge Wilderness with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

A much needed hiking reprieve after doing Grandfather Mountain the day before. This trail and the waterfall views were well worth the couple of small hills. Not terribly crowded on the sunday that we went but I could see it being very popular especially in the summer.

Most amazing view I’ve seen on the East Coast.

This will always be one of my all time favorite trails. I have been hiking it since I was a kid and will always go back. There are some spots that get hairy for small kids, especially past Sitting Bear but my daughter loves it. The views are unbeatable. Love this place!

It was a great short hike, a little challenging if you are not in a decent shape. I loved it, the view was very beautiful.
The descent down is great, you can relax near the water and dip your feet it in while listening to the water roar around you. The climb back out of the gorge is a nice little work out.

Gets steep at the end but going all the way to the highest, farthest viewpoint is worth it, especially since you can check out every viewpoint along the way.

hiking
6 days ago

If you are just looking to hike down into the Gorge there are better routes with better views. If you want to camp this is a great trail there are several spots next to cascades. This reminds me a bit of Harper Creek Falls trail but without the payoff of a 3 tier fall. Also bridge is out at bottom.

hiking
9 days ago

Hiked all the way down to the bottom of the waterfall. Absolutely gorgeous hike. Steep incline in some areas but family friendly!

hiking
9 days ago

Beautiful and easy hike. Be ready for the stairs but the rest is easy.

Beautiful and strenuous hike. Worth every minute. Wear waterproof hiking boots and make sure you have strong traction. About .5 miles into the hike it gets strenuous. Lots of mountain climbing.

Easy access and ability to connect to Celestial Point makes this the best!

My boys and I had an awesome time on this hike. Beautiful from start to finish. Pretty strenuous but not terrible (and I’m not an avid hiker). Will definitely do this again.

easy hike to sitting bear rock after that it gets very steep then levels back out. great views along the way though

hiking
12 days ago

Amazing view. We took Kistlers memorial highway from the Linville Falls entrance and followed the signs. From the parking lot it’s a short walk to spectacular cliff views of Table Rock, Hawksbill and Sitting bear.

backpacking
14 days ago

Best loop in NC!

Fun trail with lots of views of the falls.

Easy quick trail with beautiful scenery.

on Linville Falls Trail

hiking
19 days ago

Amazing views, scenic. It’s a short hike but moderately challenging trail.

hiking
20 days ago

Beautiful falls! The trail leading to the bottom of the falls is really nice to take in great views and sounds! Did this hike with small kids (3,7) and they loved it!

hiking
22 days ago

Its on the harder side for sure. But the shortness makes up for it. Bring your sunscreen.

hiking
22 days ago

On the harder side.. but still not to bad as its pretty short.

on the harder side but not to bad considering the length.

One of best trails close to Morganton NC

Whoa. Great hike! Very steep and very rocky trail for lost of the way until you hit the river. Trail isn't marked but it's well traveled. It's about a 7 mile gravel drive in from the paved county road to the trail head. Good luck!

I was expecting the trail to be much steeper than it was. A moderate trail is very accurate.

I’ve backpacked in the gorge probably 30 times, and this is one of my favorite trails I’ve ever done. I started at 9 am after camping near the trailhead, summited at about 2:30pm, and was at an amazing campsite on top of shortoff mtn. by 7pm. I took my time with the views and didn’t rush, also stopped for dinner on the trail. You definitely want to spend at least one night on this one- there are tons of great campsites along the whole route, and if you can catch a sunrise it will be well worth it.

Great hike. Will definitely do again when the water is lower.

Trail is longer than 2.6 more like 1.9 one way and s should be rated hard because it is straight down and then up

hiking
1 month ago

Really nice! Easy parking and quick to get on the trail. I did this hike alone and felt very safe. It’s moderately trafficked but not too busy. At each of the overlooks I had the area to myself. So pretty and not too challenging.

Always enjoyable. This is turning into a default area for us.

Nice short walk with some nice views.

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